Ogden Nash is one of America’s most popular humorists of the twentieth century and one of America’s most quoted poets also. He has coined some of the most popular quotes such as Mr. Felten’s favorite quote, “Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.” Nash combines satire, sharp wit, and unorthodox rhymes and has admitted to breaking every grammar law in the English language while making his poems and is well known for it also. Ogden Nash was born in Rye, New York in 1902 to parents of southern decent.
His family was already well known all over that area because his great-great grandfather was the Governor of North Carolina during the American Revolution. Nashville, Tennessee was named for another of Nash’s ancestors. Nash grew up on the East Coast of the United States to maintain his father’s import-export business. He attended St.
George’s School in Newport, Rhode Island from 1917-1920, upon graduation he attended Harvard University for one year. He then taught one year at his alma mater of St. George’s but left after one year. He then worked as a bond salesman in New York City and quickly found out that he was not suited for any kind of financial jobs. In 1925 he began working for Doubleday, Doran, as an advertising copywriter. In 1931 he married Frances Rider Leonard and soon after published his first book, Hard Lines, which was his first book of humorous verses, it became an instant success, selling out seven printings.
... model signing with Nautica. After being married for a few years we will have two kids; while, concluding my career in ... being drafted number one by the Yankees in my freshman year of college.I will have starred at shortstop under Coach ... my life with happiness. I see myself see myself thirty years from now becoming the most successful person the world has ...
He then realized that he was making more money writing poetry than he was working his job as a copy write editor. He the quit his job and became a full-time poet. Nash wrote several screen plays while collaborating with S. J. Perelman on a broadway musical in the late 30 s and early 40 s and made a guest appearance on a radio and TV show.
His popular success came from his volumes of lighthearted and observant verse. Nash continued writing and publishing until he died of heart failure in 1971.